1936: Historic moments from the last time a British male won Wimbledon
77 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II turned 10
Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany (left) congratulates Fred Perry on his Wimbledon win on July 13, 1936.
Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany (left) congratulates Fred Perry on his Wimbledon win on July 13, 1936. AP Photo

Great Britain is feting its favorite son, Andy Murray of Scotland, for putting an end to the country's 77-year title drought in the men's Wimbledon championships. To put those decades in context, here is a rundown of other key milestones from 1936, the last time a Briton won the coveted tennis title.

Jan. 29 — Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson become the first players elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Feb. 6 — The fourth Winter Olympic Games opens in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Feb. 17 — The world's first comic book superhero, The Phantom, makes his debut.

April 21 — Queen Elizabeth II turns 10.

May 3 — Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut with the New York Yankees, getting three hits.

June 8 — Parking meters are invented.

June 26 — The first functional helicopter, the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, makes its inaugural flight.

June 30 — Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind is published.

July 13 — Fred Perry wins the men's single's Wimbledon championships.

July 18 — The Spanish Civil War begins.

Sept. 29 — Radio is used for first time in a presidential campaign.

Nov. 3 — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) wins a landslide victory over his Republican opponent, Alfred M. Landon.

Nov. 23Life magazine hits newsstands.

December — The first electric guitar — the Gibson ES-150 — goes on sale.

Dec. 18 — Su-Lin, the first giant panda to come to U.S. from China, arrives in San Francisco.

Lauren Hansen is the multimedia editor at A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she started her career in arts publishing and has since worked at media outlets including the BBC and Frontline.


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